Red Game Without A Great Name
Release Date: 7 December 2017 (US) / 24 November 2017 (UK)
Price: $2.99 / £2.69
Reviewed by Gary Gray
It’s not very often that a game comes along for Switch that you can only play in handheld mode, yet Red Game is exactly that. Delivering letters as a mechanical bird in a silhouetted steampunk world might be a little bit crazy in itself, but when you add in the power to teleport, things get cranked up a notch.
An auto scrolling screen, a constantly flying bird, and deadly obstacles are the basis for the gameplay throughout and it's your job to make sure that the letters get delivered safe. Controls are fairly simple, you drag the bird to where you want it to go and it will teleport to that exact spot once you lift your finger off the touch screen.
Hazards are everywhere. From going off screen to hitting barbed wire and getting crushed to death, you’ve got to navigate the constantly pushing levels in order to get to the cage at the end, while optionally picking up some collectables in the form of Cogs.
Other mechanics get introduced to keep you on your toes, including speed boosts and wall breakers. The beginning of the game is incredibly easy but that doesn’t last long, and soon Red Game really lets you know who's boss, forcing you to make uncomfortable moves and fast decisions that really hook you into that 'one more try' gameplay addiction.
Dusk red backgrounds that gradient into an almost dawn-like look are draped behind a jet black silhouette foreground, and it’s an absolute charm. Turning components, cage like traps and spiky pillars all make up the obstacles you've got to navigate, and even though it's all black, it never once made me feel like I didn't know what anything was. Where it's minimalist for sure, it’s a look that suits Red Game, not only in name but in mechanics too, claiming a clean and crisp look that shines on the Switch's portable screen.
Red Game Without a Great Name is one of the lowest priced games in the eShop, and you get a fantastic touch screen puzzler for the small price point. The difficulty soon ramps up, giving you a major sense of accomplishment whenever you finish a stage. So if you're into touch screen puzzle games this might be right up your street.
Pros & Cons
+ Clever puzzles
+ Good value
- Touch screen only
- Repetitive gameplay
- Random difficulty spikes